Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I am a tall guy that has never been able to gain muscle! I tried everything that I could think of, but was never able to build the muscle that I wanted … until Body Beast. I will be the first to admit that I was extremely skeptical when I started the program. But after only a few weeks, I began to see changes and after one month, I was a believer! I am now so much more confident. I have people come up to me and ask me what I am doing and how much time I spend at the gym. I love that I look fit and toned, but I have been able to do it within the comfort of my own home. Not only do I look better, but I feel better!
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I have always been a fit guy, but in September of 2014, I had back surgery to partially remove two ruptured discs in my lower back. I was told that I couldn’t run anymore, which was my go-to form of exercise. I was lost, because I really enjoyed exercise but I was having a hard time finding something that wouldn’t further injure my back — but that I would enjoy doing. My wife had recently started her journey with Beachbody doing 21 Day Fix and Shakeology. She was seeing great results, so I decided to try the Body Beast program. It seemed like a good fit for the exercise that I was able to do and with the goal that I had of gaining muscle. And I am so glad that I did.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
I would say my greatest challenge was actually two-fold. First, I had never been able to gain muscle. This is something I had always wanted, but wasn’t willing to spend hours and hours at the gym away from my family. Second, my recent back surgery. I was told that because of my height, the chances of me needing a spinal fusion in the future were much higher. I wanted to make sure that I did everything that I could to strengthen my core muscles to help protect my back. Body Beast has been an answer to both of those challenges. I have gained the muscle mass that I have always wanted, and have gained confidence in the process. And while building overall muscle, I have seen the greatest difference in my abs, which gives me confidence that I will hopefully be able to avoid any future surgeries involving my back. I have loved the Body Beast program, and I am looking forward to Hammer and Chisel.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I liked the short workouts. They were targeted workouts that would work specific muscle groups, but were designed to work a maximum amount of muscle in a minimal amount of time. I always thought that in order to really build bulk, you needed to spend hours at the gym. I just did not have time for that.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I was able to lose a little bit of body fat. I have also always wanted to have large pecks — well, any pecks — and now I actually have them. I have also seen a major change in the muscles in my arms and abs. There is significant definition there. I now have chiseled abs, and I think that is awesome.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I would say that obviously I have seen physical changes, but the biggest change in my life has been my nutrition. Over the course of this program, I did my absolute best to stick to the diet plan. I have learned a lot about my eating habits. I have learned not only about portion control, but proportions. The human body is an amazing machine and will respond to the stress you put on it, but you have to fuel it right. And I have learned how to fuel my body with the right foods. This change in nutrition has led to me having a lot more energy and better overall health. I would say that my life is completely changed because of this Beachbody program, and I can’t wait to start another program.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
The Challenge Group really helped me to be accountable, especially when it came to my nutrition. There was a portion of the program where I had to eat 40 percent protein, 30 percent fat, and 30 percent carbs, and that was really hard for me. In my normal nutrition, my carbs are always higher than my protein. But through the Challenge Group and with the help of my Coach, I was able to find and use supplements as well, and tweak my nutrition to make it work and help me stay within that diet. I knew that every day I had to be accountable to my Coach and to the group about my workout and my nutrition. That pushed me to give it my all.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
She is the one who introduced me to the Body Beast program, because she thought it would be a good fit for me. She ran a great Challenge Group that was very engaging and supportive. She was always checking on members of the group, and looking for ways to help all of us. She told us to be “the best version of you!” And I really liked that. Because that was all that I was really trying to be. She also recommended thePerformance line, specifically the Creatine and Recover. I purchased those and saw great benefits from them.
How did a Beachbody supplement, nutritional product, or program (such as Shakeology or Beachbody Ultimate Reset) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, or digestion/regularity?
I used Shakeology as well as the Beachbody Performance Creatine and Recover. I saw a significant benefit with my post-workout soreness. I was able to continue on with my workouts without injury, because of the addition of these two supplements. Shakeology has been a great benefit to me. It has helped with my digestion, as well as my energy level and ability to focus at work. It has also helped to cut the cravings, so that I was not always looking to munch on something that wasn’t within my meal plan.
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